How to enable all ActiveX without a message in the IE registry

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How to enable all ActiveX without a message in the IE registry
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By default, when a website asks Internet Explorer to run an ActiveX control it's never run before, IE prompts the user for permission. A setting exists in the IE options menu to remove this behaviour and to run all ActiveX controls without prompting, but the most robust way to edit this and other IE settings is via the Windows Registry. Editing this setting in the Registry will allow you to choose which class of sites you want your changes to affect.

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  1. 1

    Click "Start," type "regedit" and press "Enter." (In Windows XP, click "Start," then "Run" and enter "regedit" at the prompt that appears.) This will bring up the Windows Registry Editor. The left pane displays registry "keys" in a hierarchy like that of directories on a file system; the right pane displays "values" contained in those keys.

  2. 2

    Navigate to the following key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones

  3. 3

    Click the sub-key corresponding to the security zone in which you want to change your settings. A security zone is a class of websites--sites actually saved to your computer, sites served on a local network, sites with a successful security signature, etc. The keys are numbered 0 to 4, and the numbers represent:

    0 My Computer

    1 Local Intranet Zone

    2 Trusted sites Zone

    3 Internet Zone

    4 Restricted Sites Zone

    If you want to modify Internet Explorer's behaviour with more than one of these categories, perform steps 4 and 5 once for each zone.

  4. 4

    Find the value called "1208" and double-click it.

  5. 5

    Enter "0" (without the quotes) in the "Value" field and press "OK."

  6. 6

    Close the Registry Editor when you're done.

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